Available to order now from $60,500.
When you decide to buy a Land Rover, you know exactly what brought you to that decision. You bought into the brand knowing that it would grant you a sense of freedom and adventure, and the ability to embark on an eye-opening journey whenever you so feel like it. A luxury softroader, like so many out there, simply won’t cut it for you. You want the real deal, the full tamale – even if you’re getting into the base model.
Embracing the adventurous spirit that has defined the Discovery family for the past 30 years, the new Discovery Sport is a striking evolution of the original that does not compromise capability. Demonstrating a finer form of versatility, the spacious, more comfortable and quiet 5+2 interior has been transformed with a completely new infotainment interface and latest connectivity, plus a more flexible seating arrangement with up to 24 combinations. Under the skin, new electrified engines include a 48-volt mild hybrid from launch to help reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
“Building on the success of the original Discovery Sport, this beautifully proportioned vehicle has been refined, enhancing its characterful exterior which compliments the engaging nature of the interior space.” – Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover
Trademark Discovery aesthetics like the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but the new model is a bold exterior evolution. The proportions of the new Discovery Sport have been optimised to project a more striking visual with new signature LED headlamps at the front and rear, alongside an updated front grille and bumpers.
Inside, the Touch Pro infotainment system makes its debut on the Discovery Sport, and the introduction of more premium materials throughout transforms the cabin to create a practical, high-quality space. New seats across each of the three rows provide improved comfort and versatility, thanks to the second row 40:20:40 split fold and slide functionality, boosting the possible number of seat combinations to 24, which should cover every possible demand for space & seating that you could ask of it.
The new Discovery Sport is available in S, SE and HSE trim, in addition to the R-Dynamic variant that marks itself out with Shadow Atlas script on the bonnet and tailgate. Inside, branded treadplates further differentiate it from the core model. The Discovery Sport’s unique versatility has been further enhanced with improved oddment cubbies across all rows and a 20% increase in fuel tank capacity (now up to 65L). And now that Land Rover’s proprietary Activity Key is offered as standard, you don’t ever have to be held back from whatever adventure life throws your way.
One of the biggest improvements to the new DiscoSport comes in the form of its underpinning platform – this car now rides on JLR’s Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA) which it shares with the new Evoque. Thanks to that, the new DiscoSport benefits hugely from a raft of new engines. What that also means is that 48V mild-hybrid capabilities are offered for the first time on any of the 4-cylinder Ingenium mills, which offer CO2 emissions as low as 150g/km (NEDC cycle) and fuel economy up to 7.1L/100km (based on WLTP testing regiments). For less exhaust gasses and better economy, a 3-cylinder plug-in hybrid will join the range early next year.
The DiscoSport is picking up a lot of new tech features with this update, with things like the new ‘Ground View’ monitor system (that allows you to see ‘through’ the bonnet when off-roading), ‘smart rear view mirror’ (which uses a camera mounted above the rear windscreen to feed a live view of what’s going on behind the car onto the central mirror), 4G wifi hotspot, and USB/12V sockets on every row ensuring everyone’s devices are properly juiced up.
Being a family-hauler at its core, the new DiscoSport benefits from things like a reversing camera, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, rear parking aid, and driver drowsiness alert all as standard across the range. This is of course to the built-in Land Rover-ness that comes in the form of a 600mm wading depth, all-wheel drive, 2nd-gen ActiveDriveline system, and Terrain Response 2. There’s also Advanced Tow Assist, which makes towing a trailer so much easier.
The new Discovery Sport is open for bookings today from $60,500 for the base P200 S, though JLR Australia has handily not disclosed the prices for any of the other 9 models. With those details set to come soon, be sure to stay tuned to CarShowroom as we bring you updates as they come.